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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Celebrate National French Fries Day with these amazing fries

Besides being “cow appreciation day,” today is National French Fries Day, an observance of the day that deep-fried potatoes won an epic battle against our willpower.
If you’re headed to the beach this summer, get your hands on these staff faves: Thrasher's french fries, doused in vinegar and sprinked with Old Bay. (Judy G. Rolfe for the Washington Post)

In honor of the holiday, we’re rounding up some of the area’s best fries — sweet potato, yuca, “frites” and even “disco fries.”

Read on, and share your favorites in the comments.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Jess Righthand: I cannot resist the savory scent of the fries. They are crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside and salted to perfection. And then there’s the Dutch mayo. I never ate my fries with mayo before, but now there’s no turning back.

Cafe Saint-Ex

Stephanie Merry: When it comes to sweet potato fries, Cafe Saint-Ex, well, excels. The barely crunchy exterior of the lunchtime side gives way to a soft and flavorful center. Good luck eating just one. 

Thrasher’s

Amy Orndorff: Forget the ketchup. At Thrasher’s on the Ocean City boardwalk, vinegar and Old Bay are the condiments of choice.

Marvin

Lavanya Ramanathan: I think I grew a dress size thanks to many, many cups of the crispy, skin-on frites at Marvin. It’s all about the accompaniment: three little pools of mayo for dipping — I’m always asking for refills on the curry mayo and pale green wasabi.

Masa 14

Stephanie Merry: The yuca fries are always a must-order at the fusion tapas destination Masa 14. Thick slabs of perfectly cooked root vegetables are transformed into little slices of heaven once you dunk them into the addictive dipping sauce, a lime aioli.

Gordon Biersch

Amy Orndorff: Vampires beware. The garlic fries at Gordon Biersch don’t just have a sprinkle of garlic salt, they have mounds of chopped bulbs burying the sliced spuds. Wash it all down with a Marzen and it becomes a meal unto itself.

Eamonn's: A Dublin Chipper

Fritz Hahn: For proper Irish chips — thick cut, skin on, served with salt and pungent vinegar — there's no better destination than Eamonn’s: A Dublin Chipper. Each order comes with one of seven house-made mayo-based dipping sauces; we’re partial to the sweetly spicy Marie Rose.

ChurchKey

Hahn: A cousin of Canada’s famous poutine, ChurchKey’s Disco Fries are the perfect fuel for a night of sampling potent IPAs. The thick-cut house fries are topped with melted cheddar and smothered in sausage gravy. Delicious, satisfying and in no way good for you. Just try to resist ordering a second helping.

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